- 3-11. If a person claims to know God, to abide in Christ and to be in the light, what must be their attitude to: (a) Christ’s word and commandment;
(b) the example of Christ’s life on earth;
(c) fellow Christians?
- Verses 18-29. Amid false teachers and defection, what three safeguards for continuance in the faith does John give?
See especially verses 24 -27. If a professing Christian falls away from the truth, what is proved thereby that, before the falling away, may not have been at all obvious?
- Verses 15-17. With what two agreements does John support the commandment of verse 15?
How can this commandment be reconciled with John 3:16?
- Verse 7. Cf. John 13:34, 35; 15:12.
- Verse 8. John calls the old commandment new, both because Jesus Christ, by his teaching and living, has invested the old idea with a richer and deeper meaning, and because experimental Christianity is always new in kind or character.
- Verse 15. ‘The word’: here it denotes human society as an ordered whole, considered both apart from, and in opposition to, God.